Members of Liverpool City Region's Combined Authority have asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to begin immediate discussions for the devolution of powers to the region.
The leaders of Sefton, Wirral, St Helens, Halton and Knowsley councils, the Mayor of Liverpool and the chairman of the local enterprise partnership met with Lord Heseltine and Lord Adonis in Liverpool on 17 November to discuss devolution, following the recent announcements of progress in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield.
The group agreed to approach central government as a matter of urgency.
In a letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne this morning, Cllr Phil Davies, chairman of the Combined Authority, requested that a meeting be held "at the earliest opportunity between Government and ourselves to consider and agree the best way to take forward this important issue".
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is due to meet on Friday 21 November to discuss a set of proposals relating to devolution.
Ahead of the meeting, Cllr Davies said: "This meeting was very constructive. Agreement was reached between me, the other leaders of the constituent local authorities, the Mayor of Liverpool and the chairman of the LEP to approach Government and ask for the kind of rapid progress towards devolution that we have seen for Manchester, and that is beginning to take shape in other northern regions.
"Momentum is gathering for City Region devolution, and we are agreed that Liverpool and our City Region needs to be at the forefront of the debate. I fully expect that we will agree a strong package of proposals at this week's meeting of the combined authority, which will form the basis of the discussion with Government."